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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Getting a head start on one of my 2011 resolutions by resurrecting this site.


Nevermind the fact that I haven’t been getting much of a head start on my holiday shopping.  Or wrapping.  Or decorating.




But there are lots of friends from the interwebs and Twitter who are more than making up for my slack-tastic self in the holiday department.


1.) The Bloggess. If you haven’t yet read her post on the Christmas Miracle that her readers helped create,  you are missing out on a big piece of holiday spirit.  Go! Read it now!


2.) Domestic, But Not Martha.

Crystal has only been blogging for a (relatively) short time, but is already making an impact.  Check out  her Handmade Holiday series for lots of gifting ideas.  Especially companies – and Etsy sites – where your purchases make a difference.  (I’m looking at you, Sara from  Happy Brown House)


Go and check out the links above.  In the meantime, I’m going to work at getting my Christmas on.




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My “birthday” party

Okay – so the party wasn’t for me – it was for this lady.

Bossy & I on my 29th (cough!) birthday

But it was my birthday.  And it was a party.  And it was fabulous!

There was laughter, hummus, good beer, and even better company:

Mommy’s Martini, MomZombie, Unmitigated (the artist formerly known as Middle Aged Woman), Deb, Suzan (aka: swirly fabulous), Elizabeth, and GrandeMocha.  Silly me, only took out my camera at the end of the night to take a few blurry photos.   Scrapbook FAIL.  But check out Bossy’s post on the night, as well as some of the other great bloggers above for actual pics.

And then, on the way home, I got my first (actual) birthday present….. A lovely ticket from the State Police.  Ha!

Actually, it was kind of a gift.  I only got written up for not having my new registration on me.  (New tabs were on the license plate – but the actual copy of the registration form was on my kitchen table.  Fail)

I can only hope that next year (when, surprisingly enough I will be turning 29! again!) is just as good.

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I’ve got a feeling….

That tonight’s gonna be a good night.

The catchy tune by the Black Eyed Peas has been running through my head for a little while now.

Why?  Because tonight BOSSY is coming to Detroit!   She s did a road trip across the U.S. back in 2008 and a group of us local bloggers got together for a night of fun, wine, and a late-night White Castle trip.  Not to mention, the world’s yummiest salmon dish. (recipe is halfway down the post)

Now she’s doing it again, this time for her (No) Book Tour.  Because, well, she forgot to write a book.   But she did manage to organize a trip criss-crossing the country covering 12,000 miles in 6 weeks.  Yikes!  Check out Bossy’s website to see the latest stories of leggings, support hose, the best fast-food breakfast sandwiches, and living out of a car for one and a half months.  Also, her romance with John Cusak. (see below)

And a group of us are getting together at a local(ish) brew pup – Liberty Street Brewing Co. in Plymouth, MI.  I’m hoping to reunite with a few of the great women I met last time – and meet a few more.  Maybe even a guy will show up this time.

A few other reasons why today is going to be good:  It’s also my birthday. (woo-hoo!)  So before making the trek to Plymouth, my good friend Brad & I are going to catch an afternoon showing of Iron Man 2.  It’s also a sunny day – perfect for walking my foster dogs.  I also went to the chiropractor this morning and feel very relaxed and stretched out after my post-adjustment rolling treatment.  Also: the office staff at Dr Buller’s sang “Happy Birthday” to me when I walked in.  How sweet!

I hope you’ve got a feeling that today is going to be great for you as well.  And I hope that there is some sunshine in your life, wherever you are.


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I know I’m behind the curve on this one.  By now, so many people have written about the disaster that is Haiti right now.   I’m reminded of the Asian tsunami in 2004 and, to some extent, Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  There are many wonderful agencies who are working to serve the people of Haiti.  I haven’t decided which route I’m going to take in supporting relief efforts, but it’s nice to have a choice.

This was a terrible disaster, and my heart breaks for all those involved – both the residents of Haiti and their worried loved ones around the globe.  One bright light in this dark valley is the outpouring of compassion from people all over.  Not only in my small church praying for all involved – and looking for the best way to support efforts – but also around the interwebs.  Everywhere you look people are offering information on how to get involved, and are sharing their shock, hurt, worries with one another.

Sometimes the internet can feel so impersonal, and then something like this happens and you realize that it’s possible for it to become a community; a family that looks out for each other and cares about one another.
If you are so inclined – would you please join me in praying for both the people of Haiti as well as their worried loved ones around the globe?  My prayer is for safety and for healing of their bodies and their hearts.  That this would be an opportunity for people to join together in a spirit of unity and compassion.  That God would surround them with a sense of His peace and the presence of His love.  The enemy would like nothing more than to bring division, fear, hatred and jealousy to that nation.  My fervent prayer is that his plans to do harm would come to nought.

And please, if you have the means, get involved in the healing process.

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.   James 2:15-17

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

I’ve had a pretty good string of luck this year.  Yup, 2009 has been all right!

First, I won this spectacular sweater in the first annual Stupid Cupid Valentine’s Day party & white elephant gift exchange.

I'm too sexy for this blog

I know you are SO jealous..

Then I went to the local farmer’s market near my new home on opening weekend, and I won the Harvest Basket.  This meant that the following weekend, I could swing by and each vendor would donate something.  I came away with fresh rhubarb, eggs, a caramel apple, 2 tomato plants, and some flowers.  Yum.

And just last week, I entered the weekly giveaway on The Womens Colony.  (Seriously, if you’re not reading this blog/webzine you are missing out.)  I almost didn’t even bother to read the post with this week’s contest, and last week’s winner because I figured that I didn’t win.  But, hey, there’s always this week’s colonist to check out, right?  I was completely shocked when I saw my name listed as the winner of these sweet coffee cozies:

I won all three of these! Plus a 4th, holiday-themed one!

Really – I can’t wait to get my hands on them (literally)!  I also can’t wait to give some away as gifts for a few coffee-addicted friends.  The tree-hugger in me completely agrees with Ashley (the creative mind – and hands – behind these gems) when she says:

Instead of using a boring & wasteful cardboard sleeve at your local coffee shop, brighten your cup with a unique cozy!

Please go check out her Etsy shop to see all of the styles she has on there – and pick one (or three!) out for yourself at One In The Hand.  Thank you, Ashley!

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Friday Foto Fiesta!

Each week, Candid Carrie hosts an event – Phriday Photo Phiesta!

This is my first time playing along – I thought I’d give it a try as part of NaBloPoMo.

This is one of my new favorite pictures.

My peeps in Kenya - I miss spending so much time with them!

My peeps in Kenya - I miss spending so much time with them!

This is Kim, Brad, Jonathan & I in Nairobi last month, on the last day of our trip.  Kim, Brad & I live near each other in MI – and have become good friends through our shared Kenya experience.  Jonathan is our team leader, and lives just outside of Hilton Head, NC.  He is on staff at Harvesters International part time – an great ministry.  All three are amazing people and truly were a bright spot in an already-very-bright mission.  This is my fabulous foursome in Kenya.  We had so much fun, and laughed until we had tears.  Until we ran out of breath.  Until our abs hurt.

We can be goofy around each other.  And real.  We can also talk about bodily functions in a way that I can’t do with ANYONE else.  There’s just something about traveling to a remote location, away from everyone else that builds bonds.

But here’s the thing – even if I was at home, in my comfort zone, surrounded by my normal life:  I would still choose to hang out with these dorks.  Because they accept me as my dorky self.

Have a great Friday, and an even better weekend.  Don’t forget to stop by Candid Carrie’s blog to see who else is playing along!


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Nov 1st – NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo 08

NaBloPoMo 08

I think last week’s chaos may have actually pushed me over the edge.   I was reading Derfwad Manor today and saw her post about National Blog Posting Month – aka NaBloPoMo

sidenote: if you are not reading Derfwad Manor, what are you waiting for?  Mrs G always has something good cooking at her place!

Apparently I am crazy enough to attempt to post every day this month!  I have seen other bloggers over the years do this – and I really enjoyed following along with their (often failed) attempts.

So here I am – showing up for my own failure attempt!

I am even so ambitious that I FINALLY learned how to correctly do buttons and badges on my sidebar.  Go Me!

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